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Letter: Ways we can help to stop crime in our islands

Published on Sunday, April 18, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

Please allow me space in your newspaper to write my thoughts on some ways that I believe we can help to stop crime in our islands.

My grandson, Jeremiah Barnes, was murdered by a cold-blooded killer. He belonged to his mother and father but he also belonged to me. Jeremiah spent 4 years with us and I am so happy to have had that time to share with him. He was a blessing and a messenger from God. We need to take heed to his passing. His death must not be in vain. It is a wake-up call to us, to show us how far our islands have gone and the type of mentality that many of our youths have.

Most of these “cowboys” are high school dropouts and these are the ones that are being recruited to join the gangs. I do not believe that these gangsters are fighting over drugs or guns as many people want to believe.

I believe that it is an ego and power trip that they have embarked on. You know if they killed themselves in places where “innocent” persons will not get hurt, I do not think we would mind it as much, as when Jeremiah was shot and killed by a deranged human being. He must never be able to walk our streets again and also the driver of the vehicle is just as guilty and must also never, never be allowed to walk amongst us.

Jeremiah’s brutal murder not only made the headlines, but it also made history. This shows us what type of people we have living amongst us. They must be weeded out at all costs. These types of people are a menace to our islands and their actions affect us all. Are we going to let these people live amongst us? No, and we must take action NOW!

Immediately after Jeremiah’s passing, police took to the streets to remove tint from vehicles. It is a very good thing to do. We do not need dark windows. Do we have something or someone to hide? I advised the Cayman Islands government about the dangers of tinted glass many years ago. I also mentioned that our police vehicles should not be tinted. I would like to know why they have not removed the tint from those vehicles that have it.

We have to take all steps necessary to make these islands safe like before. Now we cannot go to the shop, to the bank, walk on the streets; we must not let a few mentally-handicapped, deranged individuals take over our islands. They are challenging everyone, including the police, who in most cases have not been successful in solving the incidents. Their goal, in my opinion, is to take control of our islands. We have to live and work here and many of us have children. We do not want to grow and live like this.

There are many steps that we can take as a community that will help us to stamp out crime. Following are a few of my ideas:
  1. Remove tint from all vehicles and stop importing vehicles with tint.

  2. The hoods on jackets need to be banned; I know we have raincoats too but we can make a difference by dealing with the jackets.

  3. Masks and Halloween are also not safe. I know that masks can be made.

  4. Music that promotes killing. The music that we are exposed to is a big influence to the youths, high school dropouts and juvenile delinquents. I know that we have been exposed to killing, from cartoons to adult movies, and that we have the Internet and cable TV, but whatever the authorities can do to make it unavailable, would be in the best interest of the Cayman Islands. Let us take steps now to make Cayman a safer place.

  5. Curfews are also another step that we can take. We have to do whatever is necessary to stamp out crime. We do not need the headlines we’ve been getting these past years.

  6. Metal detectors need to be placed on known gangsters on the streets and in the prisons. There must be a deterrent to these individuals’ actions.

  7. Last, but not least, in my thoughts at the moment, capital punishment must be legalised. This will also help and all murderers should be sent to “hardcore” prisons overseas. This way we will be at less risk and also they will not be able to get as many visits from friends and family. If they can take life, they should be denied life.
We must harden our hearts and have no pity for these individuals as they do not have any for us. Therefore, we have to do whatever we can to keep these islands and not have to “take them back”.

I love and miss my grandson Jeremiah, and all those involved in his death must be punished.

Thank you.

Dora Ebanks
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